You may have seen hidden messages hidden in tweets before – but probably not one quite like this.
Read the first word of each of my tweets on my timeline to uncover a fun hidden message!!— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538592226.0
Actor and comedian Nic Sampson incited his followers to look back over his recent Twitter output to find a “fun hidden message."
The message started strong.
Linda at the office has been stealing my lunch, I’m sure of it, but the joke’s on her because I’ve just been eating… https://t.co/mmOkqEMtYn— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538550672.0
I bet there’s no smugger feeling than being able to tell someone they ‘should have booked weeks in advance’.— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538508470.0
Want to know how I got these scars? Cosmetic mole removal...— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538503755.0
A huge thank you to whoever sent me flowers!!! You accidentally got my name wrong and left them on my neighbour’s p… https://t.co/1aYzEdSmdA— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538483605.0
Divorce can be tough on a marriage— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1538463833.0
The opening words of the New Zealander's most recent five tweets formed the sentence: “Linda I want a divorce."
It didn't get much better from there as the next bunch read: “This has been a long time coming and we both know it's not working. We've grown apart."
And on it went.
I bet the most fun part of opening a cafe is deciding what zany objects you’re gonna use for the table numbers.— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537566226.0
Barely a day goes by without some joker bringing up the ONE TIME I got diarrhoea in a zorb.— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537514995.0
Even my closest friends and family don’t believe in me, but it doesn’t matter, I have Jesus on my side. I know he w… https://t.co/826MKKE7jr— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537444149.0
Recognise me? That's right, I'm the guy you picked on at school. I'm the guy who could never get a date, who never… https://t.co/zwu9EQKkeu— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537395911.0
Who remembers that classic prank where you sneak up on a sleeping friend and stick their hand in between two slices… https://t.co/qEcoC78gXB— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537354423.0
I’ve never returned an online shopping cart 😎— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537347112.0
Become Death, the destroyer of worlds with this 3 minute ab workout.— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537299573.0
When someone's scratching your back: yes yes right there don't stop harder harder don't even think bout stopping mo… https://t.co/055ukjEr9y— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537284676.0
I’m starting to wonder if maybe structural inequality can’t be fixed with just the right achingly-funny but brutall… https://t.co/0iU7TGrqr7— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537254808.0
“Around these parts we don’t take kindly to strangers...at first...that’s right we’re mighty shy down this way...bu… https://t.co/vODd5QpAoZ— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537213507.0
“You really do just look like a guy in a McDonalds commercial” - @Alice_Harbourne— Nic Sampson (@Nic Sampson) 1537170337.0
And there were more twists from there over the course of 73 tweets – which you can see for yourself at Nic's Twitter page.
Spanning over a month from August 31 to October 3, you have to admire the dedication that went into putting the tweets together.
If you don't quite have the dedication to read them, you can see the full message here.
“Linda I want a divorce. This has been a long time coming and we both know it's not working. We've grown apart. I barely even recognise who I've become when I'm around you. The silence is killing me. I'm taking the dog and the good couch. Now you can be with Mark from work like you always wanted. That's right, I know what happened on that skiing trip. You ruined my life. Goodbye."
Needless to say, people were very impressed:
@NicSampson I can’t imagine ever being as committed to anything as you were to this gag. Bravo. 👏— Josie Campbell (@Josie Campbell) 1538599394.0
@NicSampson Dude this is amazing— Nico Greetham (@Nico Greetham) 1538595876.0
@NicSampson https://t.co/0BdpFVEZpV— Cody Boo-ndarchuk (@Cody Boo-ndarchuk) 1538660258.0
@NicSampson you're WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is 🏆🏆🏆— Porne of the Dead (@Porne of the Dead) 1538632198.0
@NicSampson I honestly don’t know if I could have held onto the payoff for that long. That’s some serious patience....— Hamish Crocker 🎷 (@Hamish Crocker 🎷) 1538618692.0
But for many, that feeling was tempered with feeling bad for Sampson:
@NicSampson This is genius and really sad at the same time ! Omg I can't imagine how bad You feel since that discov… https://t.co/9cMgvcVBfA— Lily (@Lily) 1538605132.0
@NicSampson Aw, Nic I’m so sorry you’ve had to do this… I hope things start looking up for you now ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/Wn7AaxvL1v— Unabashed Geekette (@Unabashed Geekette) 1538599327.0
In the end, maybe we could all learn a thing or two:
@NicSampson this is better long-term planning than most of our political representatives have been capable of lately— virginia. (@virginia.) 1538600300.0
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.